Sanctuary Care homes across the country got dressed up to the nines to take a trip down memory lane on National Care Home Open Day.
National Care Home Open Day care homes across the UK invited the public along to events to create lasting links between their residents and the local communities.
Residents and the teams at Sanctuary Care homes hosted an array of 1940s and 1950s themed events, pulling out all the stops to ensure that the day was a real vintage affair.
Meadows House Residential and Nursing Home in London was visited by Clive Efford, Eltham MP, Des Kelly OBE, Executive Director of the National Care Forum and Steve Wood, Managing Director of Sanctuary Care, for a vintage garden party to celebrate the launch of their new sensory dementia gardens.
At Ivydene Residential and Nursing Home in Ivybridge residents and the team stepped back in time to the rockin’ and rollin’ 1950s. There was a musical theme to the day with a juke box and live 1950s entertainment – as well as a fantastic high tea in traditional bone china.
Activities leader Laura Charters, said: “It was absolutely brilliant and the music went down a storm, everyone was up singing and dancing. We are all on such a high from the day!”
Chadwell House Residential Care Home in Chadwell Heath was transformed into a 1940s Lyons Tea House with staff serving afternoon tea dressed as ‘nippies’ (1940s waitresses), while Wantage Nursing Home in Oxfordshire hosted a toe-tapping vintage tea dance to mark the occasion.
Talented youngsters from Abbey Primary Community School in Leicester treated residents of Asra House Residential Care Home to a special dance performance at the home’s ‘Old Bollywood Classic’ themed day. The team also wore stunning saris and there was henna hand art, live music and a feast of Indian savouries.
At Breme Residential Care Home in Bromsgrove visitors went down the rabbit hole for a Mad Hatters’ Tea Party while at Heathlands Residential Care Home in Pershore, the gardens were transformed into a 1950s seaside resort for a day at the beach. There were sandpits, a puppet show and ice-cream trike, with the Mayor of Pershore Tony Rowley opening the home’s new corner shop.
Home manager Anita Fletcher said: “Everybody put so much effort into the day – it was absolutely amazing. Well done to the team for putting on such a wonderful day for our residents.”
Heathlands resident Frances Davies, 87, added: “I can’t remember when I had such a lovely time – it has been amazing.”